Central States Fairgrounds

Central States Fairgrounds
800 San Francisco St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
Telephone: (605) 355-3861

Perched on the eastern slopes of South Dakota’s Black Hills, Rapid City encompasses both prairie and mountain, a convergence of landscapes that many residents and visitors find extraordinarily beautiful. Fortunately, the city has taken its stewardship of its gorgeous park-like setting seriously. The forty-five acre Central States Fairgrounds can accommodate sporting and meeting groups ranging from 25 to 6,000 or more.

Quick Notes

  • 224-unit campground with water and electric

  • Over 14,000 sq. ft. indoor exhibit space

  • 4,500 seat grandstand

  • 8-acre asphalt display area

  • Food service locations on grounds

  • Parking for 8,000 vehicles

  • Rentals of bleachers, bobcat, forklift, tractor with accessories, chairs, tables and sound systems

  • Stall rental for 360 permanent enclosed stalls and 150 portable stalls

  • Year-round staff


Meeting Capacities

NameSizeSquare FootCapacity
Bridger Steel Pavillion80'x80'6,400350
Creative Arts Building50'x100'4,326350
Event Center280'x400'118,0005,000+
Event Center Arena150'x325'
75'x200' (Trade Show Size)
Fine Arts Building75'x75'5,625400
Lion's Building50'x50'2,500200
Pigeon Building68'x68'4,362350
Soule Building120'x100'12,000500
Bray Outdoor Arena150'x300'----
Rounds Outdoor Arena150'x300'----

This major events facility, just minutes from historic downtown and easily accessible from Highway 44 and Interstate 90, regularly accommodates sporting events ranging in size from small groups of 25 to major championships with thousands of spectators. As a favorite location for indoor motocross, equestrian events and trade show, Central States Fairgrounds is no stranger to major events.

Quick Notes

  • Grandstand seats 6,000
  • Park facilities for 8,000+ vehicles
  • 225-unit campground
  • 60,000 sq. ft. of indoor exhibit space
  • Eight-acre outdoor asphalt display area
  • Indoor arena and events center
  • Three outdoor arenas



  • Motocross
  • Equestrian & Rodeo